Frederik JoelvingMarch 24, 2014 17:18
PHOOLBERIA, India — Squatting on their haunches among fruit trees and orange marigolds, barefoot villagers wait in the morning chill to see Dr. Pijus Sarkar, the only full-time physician in this remote part of West Bengal. But Sarkar, who until ten years ago ran a prestigious medical school in Kolkata, hasn’t come here just to help a few thousand of his country’s needy masses. His vision is grander, and it has turned most of the medical establishment against him. He wants to train the “quack” doctors and inject them back into the nation’s ailing health care system with a newfound legitimacy.